US Latin America policy under Trump

Trump's Latin America policy, so far generally subdued, may become more active. The administration has sharply antagonised Mexico with harsh immigration and trade policies. Trump also appears inclined to take strong positions on Cuba and Venezuela, and his tilt against trade agreements could present strategic opportunities for China in the region.

The future of US Syria policy

Despite campaign rhetoric suggesting bold changes to US Syria policy, President Trump has few realistic military or political options for major departures from Obama's policy.

Colombia: what comes next?

The revised peace agreement in Colombia, though still controversial, is salutary. But it will be an arduous process to implement the agreement effectively.

The percolating proxy war in Yemen

Saudi Arabia and the UAE's military intervention against the Iran-backed Houthis in Yemen, hesitantly supported by the US, is taking a severe toll on the country.

Trump and the US intelligence community

President Trump has publicly denigrated the value of the United States' intelligence community, imperilling the morale and retention of intelligence officers.

Social divisions and rising terrorist violence in Turkey

Turkey has not reduced Kurdish militant groups' capabilities or addressed their grievances. Accordingly, terrorist violence in the country is set to rise in the near future.

Africa and the International Criminal Court

The decision by three African states to begin the process of withdrawing from the ICC has given rise to fears of a mass exodus. Can it remain a viable institution in Africa?

Trump’s fraught national-security transition

President-elect Donald Trump's enthusiasm for consequential policy decisions during the transition suggests that he has a greater taste for the hands-on formulation and execution of foreign policy than is commonly appreciated. Given his dubious choices of Mike Flynn as national security adviser and Rex W. Tillerson as secretary of state, and the military skew of his selections overall, this disposition intensifies worries about the path of US foreign and security policy.